Need some advise. Getting ready to start my third build and considering using Redwood for the neck with a Rosewood fretboard. This will be a three string. Does anyone know of possible problems with the Redwood neck?

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Hi Eric, I cant speak from personal experience of actually using it, so see what others say who may have.

As it is considered a soft wood, and recommended as an alternative to Western Red Cedar, I myself would be wary, but like I said I don't know. I always prefer hardwoods for necks. But Redwood is listed as stable and strong so a suitably dimensioned piece with a rosewood fingerboard and only three strings is worth a try. If the grain is on the quarter all the better.

If it was me I would screw or bolt the neck on so I could swap it if not happy later.


I've seen a few guitar builds over on the TDPRI Guitar Forum using Redwood, but it was mostly used on the bodies. I would do a big google search on it and read through the builds first. 

It's a real nice looking wood. If it's soft, then a trussrod will probably be a must have item. I think Maple and Oak make better and more stable necks. I've been using Red Oak for necks and fretboards for quite awhile with great results. Most of my 6 string guitars have Maple necks and I love them.

I’ve used redwood on one stringers,but wouldn’t use it on a 3 stringer without a hardwood fretboard.

Thanks to everyone for your input. I'm going to.give the Redwood a shot. The reason I want to use the Redwood is because I am spending the winter in Northern California right in the middle on the Redwoods. I was given rough sawn 2 " x 6" piece. My plan is to make a one piece neck which I will leave a little thicker than I normally would. I'll get you posted on how it goes. Build begins today.

Another thought is to laminate the neck, by alternating grain directions? 

Use it for body’s only as it will bow even with a hardwood fretboard. At least mine did and only a 3 string in openD


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